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All Federalism Publications

  • The Case for a New Australian Settlement: Ruminations of an Inveterate Economist

    Wolfgang Kasper | 25 Jun 2015 | Occasional Papers

    To enjoy prosperity into the future, Australia needs to establish an reform strategy that goes beyond economic policy and...

  • Public Money: Federal-State Financial Relations and the Constitutional Limits on Spending Public Money

    Anne Twomey, Robert Carling | 29 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    This paper surveys and explains the history of how the Australian Constitution was intended to deal with federal-state financial...

  • Sovereignty, Blame Games and Tony Abbott’s New Federalism

    Anne Twomey, Jeremy Sammut, Nick Greiner, Robert Carling | 28 Aug 2014 | Policy Forum

    This volume brings together the four presentations made to a Centre for Independent Studies public forum on reforming the...

  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government....

  • TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 17 Oct 2011 | Submissions

    Should local government be recognised in the Constitution? And would such recognition make a practical difference? International...

  • Australia’s Angry Mayors: How Population Growth Frustrates Local Councils

    Adam Creighton, Oliver Marc Hartwich | 14 Jul 2011 | Policy Monographs

    To understand the effects of a growing population on Australia’s councils, CIS surveyed local authorities from all over...

  • FEATURE: Democratic Accountability and the Australian Federal System of Government

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    With better design, federalism can still bring government closer to voters.

  • Beyond Symbolism: Finding a Place for Local Government in Australia's Constitution

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Jan 2009 | Issue Analysis

    Local governments could provide better services, like schools and fast development approvals if they received a higher proportion...

  • Where to for Australian Federalism?

    Robert Carling | 01 Nov 2008 | Policy Forum

    Edited by Robert Carling with contributions from Cheryl Saunders, Jonathan Pincus, Wolfgang Kasper, Cliff Walsh and Ken Baxter. ...

  • FEATURE: Fixing Australian Federalism

    Robert Carling | 03 Mar 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    For federalism to work, the states need clear roles and their own revenue.

  • Indigenous Governance At the Crossroads: The Way Forward

    John Cleary | 29 Nov 2006 | Issue Analysis

    Under the current local government framework, there are too many layers of government in remote Indigenous communities, resulting...

  • Ten Advantages of a Federal Constitution: And How to Make the Most of Them

    Geoffrey de Q. Walker | 04 Apr 2001 | Policy Monographs

    Australia’s federal system is being attacked and undermined with debate focussing solely on its disadvantages. Ten Advantages...

  • COMMENT: Ten Advantages of a Federal Constitution

    Geoffrey de Q. Walker | 12 Dec 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The contitutional debate in Australia tends to concentrate on and exaggerate the minor inconveniences of federalism, making...

  • FEATURE: The New Politics- An Australian Story

    Mark Latham | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    How to address the malaise in Australian democracy.

  • BOOK REVIEW: On Voting: A Public Choice Approach

    Julie Novak | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On Voting: A Public Choice Approach by Gordon Tullock (Edward Elgar for the John Locke Institute, Cheltenham, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: How to Win the Constitutional War and Give Both Sides What They Want

    Scott Ryan | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    How to Win the Constitutional War and Give Both Sides What They Want by Tony Abbott (Australians for Constitutional Monarchy...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Paradox of Parties: Australian Political Parties in the 1990s

    Daniel Clode | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Paradox of Parties: Australian Political Parties in the 1990s edited by Marian Simms (Allen & Unwin, 1996.)

  • COMMENT: Direct Democracy: The Case Against

    Geoffrey Brennan | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Politicians have an incentive to get it right- as do their advisers.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Developments in Australian Politics

    Alex Jay | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Developments in Australian Politics edited by Judith Brett, James Gillespie and Murray Goot (Macmillan, 1994.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Two Faces of Australian Republicanism

    Suri Ratnapala | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Monarchists and minimalists risk missing the important constitutional issues.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Civic Community and Modern Democracy

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti (Princeton...

  • Restoring The True Republic

    | 01 Sep 1993 | Policy Forum

    In this Policy Forum, two lawyers and an economist document the drift in Australia's constitutional practices away from republicanism...

  • FEATURE: New Zealand's Electoral Reform

    Wayne Mapp | 06 Jun 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    In November 1993 New Zealanders will vote not only in a general election but also in a binding referendum on electoral reform....

  • BOOK REVIEW: Redesigning Australian Federalism

    James Cox | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Taxation and Fiscal Federalism: Essays in Honour of Russell Matthews, edited by G. Brennan, B. S. Grewal and P. Groenewegen...